DRYDEN, N.Y. —- Cortland State showed why its the top-ranked team in the country with a 16-7 victory over the Colby College women’s lacrosse team in an NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal game Sunday at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
The Mules end the season at 11-7 overall, while Cortland is 22-0 and heads to the NCAA Final Four at Gettysburg College next weekend. Colby advanced after beating Williams College 8-6 in a third-round game Saturday.
The Red Dragons opened up a 4-0 lead about 14 minutes into play and never allowed Colby to get closer than three goals the rest of the way. Cortland used its speed advantage to score three of the opening four goals, with the other coming on a free-position shot.
Cortland likely clinched the game with two goals in the final 1:38 of the first half. Erica Geremia (3 goals, 2 assists) went one-on-one with a defender to make it 7-3 and the Red Dragons had a fast-break goal with just 7.7 seconds left for an 8-3 margin.
Cortland scored the first two goals of the second half before Katie Griffin took a feed from Mintz to put the margin at 10-4. Mintz had 58 goals and 31 assists for 89 points for four years.
Colby goalie Michelle Burt made three saves in the first half and closed her career with 292 stops and a 26-12 career record. Claire Dickson finished with two saves in the second half.
Colby’s Abby Hatch closed out a fine three games in the NCAA tourney with six draw controls, three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and no turnovers. Katharine Eddy added four draw controls, while Sara Miller had two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Colby defender Kirsten Karis closed her career with 93 ground balls, 73 caused turnovers, and 40 draw controls.